Matatu operators in Nakuru on Monday clashed with police officers who wanted to forcefully return to the CBD decrying deplorable conditions in the three termini where they were redistributed.

They were met by armed contingents of police officers who lobbed tear gas canisters and shot in the air to disperse them.

Uncowed, the matatu operators pelted the officers with stones bringing business at the town to a standstill.

The protestors lit bonfires and barricaded roads to protest the continued lockout of the CBD.

This is the third time the operators are holding demonstrations to protest the move to lock them out of the CBD.

They issued a notice to strike on Monday which prompted Governor Lee Kinyanjui to respond.

In a statement that was posted on his Facebook page, Governor Lee Kinyanjui urged the public transport vehicle operators to be patient as his administration was in the process of building a new modern stage with amenities.

“The County Government of Nakuru has good intentions whose full implementation will lead to an expanded modern and vibrant town,” read the statement.

Source: The Start – Kenya

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